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AV3

AVARA

Rating

Price

8.4

305 €

Review published:

07/2020

Driver

3

per Side

0

Dynamic

3

Balanced

Impedance

12 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8

Bass

8

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

104 dB

8.2

Handling

9.5

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 22000 Hz

Intro

AVARA is a small C-IEM manufactory from Indonesia, which mainly wants to serve the local market with its products and thus can offer a very good price/performance ratio for some people. There are already some models with different configurations (the AV3 has 3 BA drivers (bass - mid - treble)) in the portfolio in a price range between 99 - 1199 USD as far as the custom IEM is concerned. There's even a customizable Universal IEM (NEO) available from $40.
It should be emphasized that of course all models of the custom series are also available as a universal in-ear and the custom does not cost an extra charge. Surcharges are only incurred for the wide range of design options. According to the manufacturer, the AV3 represents the musical all-rounder, which should have a very pleasing tuning and can serve a broad mass. Let's see what is in it.

Handling

I received the AV3 as a universal model. Nevertheless, one immediately has the feeling of having a custom in the ear. The fit is very good and also the isolation and wearing comfort leave nothing to be desired.

Included is a silver cable, which doesn't look quite as high quality, but it's also no junk. In addition, there is a tip selection (silicone), a transport case, a cleaning tool, a leather cable organizer and a key ring. In addition, a card is included with the serial number, your own name and the name of the person who carried out the quality control. In my case it was the boss himself.

There is actually not much more to say here. In my opinion, an IEM should also impress more by its sound than by the accessories, which in a custom IEM usually turn out more sporadic anyway due to the omission of the tips etc.

The Custom-Builder, which is integrated on the website, is very easy to use and offers many possibilities to create your own IEM. Even your own designs can be uploaded and adapted.

http://www.avara-custom.com/iem-builder-usd/

Sound

According to the founder of AVARA, the AV3 has a sound similar to the WESTONE AM30Pro. Well, I've never heard the AM30 Pro, so I can't judge this, but if it sounds a bit more muffled, warmer, heavier and sometimes a bit compressed in the mids, as far as voices are concerned, but has decent detail reproduction, is quite homogeneous without having the greatest expansion at both ends of the frequency range, and gives a decent 3D image, then the AV3 sounds like that. Don't get me wrong, the AV3 really isn't bad, only I'm a bit more critical with my words in this price range, but in the end I always present my personal evaluation fairly compared to budget models in terms of points.

The bass is slightly bloated and sometimes doesn't really get to the point. However, it is quite punchy, but not particularly crisp in the mid-bass and more in the direction of warm and fun tuned. You can immediately notice that a BA driver is at work here. It gives the signature a bit too much warmth for my feelings and thus sometimes slightly crushes the mids, but this is quite tolerable. Nevertheless it can convince me qualitatively but is of the more relaxed, softer type, with good detail rendition.

Warm, velvety soft and a bit weighty, the mids present themselves. It took me quite some time to get used to it, so that I could get "warm" with it in the truest sense of the word. The AV3 is not an IEM that you necessarily want to listen to loud, otherwise the good homogeneity would be shifted and the mid-range would be pushed more into the background, but still some peaks could occur and the bass would be a bit too powerful. At low to moderate volumes, however, they sound well balanced, score with fine details and have a very tidy stage. Only voices seemed a bit too warm and not very lively, which is also true for the instruments. So I like to be a bit more objective and crisp. Nevertheless, really good mids, if you have arranged with them.

The highs are very relaxed without being unpleasant in any way, but at the same time they don't let themselves take the butter off the bread. They blend in very well with the overall sound, but leave grains in the absolute high frequency range and limit themselves to covering enough information so that it doesn't get boring, but are not particularly engaged or exciting. It doesn't always have to be that way and I appreciate a more subtle treble reproduction as long as it doesn't drift into the dark, which isn't the case here. They are very smooth, but I still miss a bit of the airiness and lightness. A bit more emphasis, especially concerning the decay time of the cymbals wouldn't be wrong either, which is a bit too short, what slightly robs the naturalness. But therefore I can follow the trebles without any problems and finer details can be located at any time. For me this is actually the strongest characteristic of the AV3.

The stage is partly a double-edged saber. Sometimes impressively extended, sometimes somewhat compressed. Music that contains a lot of information is usually less convincing, but the AV3 catches me more in tidy and calm songs, where it doesn't depend on showmanship.

Outro

Technically, I can't blame the AV3 for the most part, but I must honestly admit that it doesn't quite suit my taste. I miss the transparency, the openness, the slight push in the upper mids, lower highs and the sub-bass extension. Yes I like the Harman curve quite a bit, but I can also do something with many other signatures. The AV3's is unfortunately only conditionally such a signature, even though it presents itself quite homogeneously without emphasizing anything more and I can consume music for hours because of the relaxed presentation, even if it doesn't always excite me.
What I like is the relaxed high frequency, which is more subtle than preferred, but still has a very good resolution. The bass is good in terms of quality and quantity, but doesn't completely knock me off my feet. Nevertheless a good BA representative. I have slight problems in the midrange, as it's too warm for me and doesn't always sound correct. It takes some time to get used to it, so that it subjectively clears up, especially when coming from a brighter signature.
Electric guitars or synths sometimes have something exhausting about them, especially at higher volumes and voices do not sound really authentic, but heavier and sometimes duller than usual. On the other hand, the mids are well separated, relaxed, voluminous and the stage can really be enjoyed in the left-right orientation, as well as depth! But it has some weaknesses in the horizontal and when it gets more hectic. I would like the AV3 to be a bit more agile, with more lightness.

If I ignore the fact that the AV3 is also available as a custom for the same price, which is certainly an argument to buy, especially if you like the sound characteristics of the AV3, or even the "WESTONE house signature", then I have to confess, as much as I like the small, independent company from Indonesia, that for my taste there are other alternatives on the market for this price that I find more appealing and sound more coherent, transparent and tonally correct, or let's say where the sound is easier to pick up. That's certainly not to say that the AV3 is not a bad choice because it has very good technical qualities from an objective point of view, but it just doesn't really meet my tonal preferences. However, since every IEM of the company has a different tuning, according to Alvon (founder of AVARA), there might be something in the selection that could suit my taste, especially if it goes into the brighter, more analytical area, starting from the tuning of the AV3.
The AV3 is advertised as being the most musical, audiophile all-rounder in the portfolio, probably because it has a raised bass and sounds less analytical, yet does not hide details and offers a wide stage, but for me the spark may not completely jump over, even though I appreciate the relaxed and balanced frequency response and according to the description this could actually be an IEM that could meet my taste.
So the AV3 doesn't really stand out in any area, although I like the highs best, but does its job very well in terms of quality. Very good IEM, but not outstanding.

http://www.avara-custom.com/products/earphone/avara-av3/

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

Frequenzgang

Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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